Your opinion on traditional shetlands vs. the 'new' shetland

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    05-25-2008, 10:59 PM
Your opinion on traditional shetlands vs. the 'new' shetland

More traditional shetlands:

The more refined/American shetland:

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    05-26-2008, 12:55 AM
Hmm, I never knew there were american shetlands. I knew there were refined/american miniatures though.
These new ones just jook like overgrown american
I like them though, I never really was a fan of the 'traditional' shetlands and mini's.
    05-27-2008, 03:15 PM
I don't know much about shetlands, but you're right the "new" shetlands look more refined and sportier. I think I like the more traditional ones, they remind of a traditional shetland pony at my old that all the little kids used to ride and play with. He was a great little guy! Lol. The new ones look like their more of a show pony.
    05-27-2008, 03:44 PM
I think they're a cross between a shetland and a hackney? I think someone said that? I'm not sure.

Personally, I like the traditional shetlands because they're cool ponies and you can do just about anything with them. The new ones are so lean and tiny I wouldn't want to put anyone on it except a really tiny leadline kid. =/ The traditional ones can carry adults.
    05-28-2008, 05:59 AM
I like the old shettys they are hardy and cudly and from good old england(well scotland but same thing:p wheras the new shettys are just larger minis!
    05-28-2008, 10:15 AM
I will always like the old Shetlands...That was what I had as a kid!
    05-28-2008, 02:14 PM
Green Broke
I think they both have their qualities about them.

If i'm not mistaken, the 'american' version of the breed was developed to be more of a typey 'show pony'...not exactly the rugged cousin across the pond.

I love the hardiness of a traditional shetland. They are the very definition of 'pony'
    05-28-2008, 06:27 PM
Just what the horse business needs, more horses that look like Arabian's :roll:
    05-29-2008, 04:05 AM
Traditional Shetlands! They're so much cuter then the others. They're shetlands, not arabs....
    05-29-2008, 08:55 AM
Traditional, definitely. I don't really see much of a point to the American Shetland ()no offense to those who like them!)

Smartie - Scottish people would KIIIIILL you for suggesting their country was the 'same thing' as England

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